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In War In Afghanistan, Missions Just For Women

Congress still bans women from serving in combat, but the U.S. Army has implemented Cultural Support Teams to foster dialogue between elite U.S. service women and Afghan women. The teams work closely with Rangers and Special Forces units during raids. Kevin Maurer recently wrote about the unit's purpose and tough selection process for The Washington Post Magazine. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Afghan Success Comes At High Price For Commander

In Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Jason Morris led the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, which suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. The "Darkhorse Battalion" commander says the unit's mission was a success — but he will live with the burden of those deaths.
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Americans Killed In Suicide Bombing In Afghanistan

A suicide bomb in Kabul Saturday killed a dozen Americans, making this the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan's capital since the war began a decade ago. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz gets the latest from reporter Rod Nordland of the New York Times.
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American Troops Die In Afghan Attack

A Taliban suicide attack against NATO forces in Kabul has killed 13 American troops. It was one of the worst ground attacks against foreign forces in Afghanistan since the war began. NPR's Ahmad Shafi joins us from Kabul with more on the incident.
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13 American Troops Killed In Afghan Bombing

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a van into an armored NATO bus Saturday in Kabul, killing 13 NATO troops and four Afghans, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces in more than two months.
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The Osprey: Good Reviews, But A Costly Program

The Osprey was extremely expensive to develop and had multiple crashes during testing. The Marines flying it today in Afghanistan now sing its praises, but its high cost is now an issue as the Pentagon looks for cuts.

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